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Of Freedoms and Fights

"It's all about freedom...we will never surrender"; the sentiments of visiting  Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of  Ukrainians fight to be free. Following a supportive meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, Ukraine's acting prime minister in an address at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, said he still hoped for a solution to Russia's incursion into his country by use of  political and diplomatic tools. He urged Moscow to withdraw its some 18,000 troops to barracks in Crimea. However, in reality, Mr. Yatsenyuk noted that Russia's invasion of Ukraine was a "global crisis" that "undermines the entire global security." He emphasized that the Ukrainian struggle has been about freedom and that Ukrainians would never surrender. But the reality of the crisis facing the prime minister and his country, puts Ukraine in the cross hairs of Russia's and Putin's desperate attempts to reassemble a lost soviet empire. Russia has taken Crimea, and despite the result of the trumped up referendum in Crimea on Sunday, Putin intends to keep the peninsula. Ukraine should look to fortify and to secure the balance of its borders with Western help. Until March 21, when Ukraine is scheduled to signed the political part of the association agreement that would clear the path for Ukraine to join the EU, Ukraine must remain on high alert, for Putin is still calculating his catch and prospects. The threat of sanctions are showing no  effects upon Putin and Russia. Putin basks in the glory of having Europe do the arithmetic with regards to their financial and trade adjustments should they punish Russia as needed. Thus, in the short run, Putin has no immediate fear nor deterrent not to go farther into Ukraine.